Prof Eason elected Companion of RSNZ

July 2016

Professor Charles Eason (centre), now a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Image: Cawthron.

Professor Charles Eason has been elected a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ) for his far-reaching work in the areas of conservation and aquaculture. Companions are elected based on outstanding leadership or sustained contributions to promoting and advancing science, technology, or the humanities in New Zealand. His appointment was honoured at a ceremony at the RSNZ in Wellington on 27 June.

Charles is the Cawthron Institute’s Chief Executive. Cawthron is New Zealand largest independent research organisation, with more than 200 staff, which focuses on coastal and freshwater ecology, aquaculture, nutraceuticals, high-value nutrition and food safety.

Prior to Charles’s role at Cawthron, he was a General Manager with Landcare Research, Lincoln University and a SME. He served as a director on the board of Cawthron, prior to accepting the CEO position in 2012.

He has a PhD from the University of Surrey and achieved commercial outcomes from research early in his career, with Sandoz, Rhone-Poulenc and Sterling-Winthrop with the development of three new cardiovascular drugs (Frumil®, Inocor®, and Modalim®). In addition, he has played a part in the registration of many of the animal-pest-control tools currently used in New Zealand for conservation. Recently, Charles has also demonstrated his focus on effective research with industry by facilitating a successful business-led programme with Sanford to show the health benefits of greenshell mussels. Since 2012, he has lifted national and international recognition of Cawthron including new partnerships with European multinationals.

He has co-authored 200 research papers and book chapters. Reflecting his broader science experience, in 2014, Charles was part of a RSNZ expert panel, headed by Sir Peter Gluckman, reviewing fluoridation of water.

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